End Time General Consensus

Eschatology is teaching on the Last Days and the Age to Come.

A consensus has developed in the doctrine of eschatology in the Christian world. We could almost call these points truisms today, though not all are aware of them. Here is the general consensus: The Last Days began with the coming of Yeshua and continued to progress with his death, resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). The Kingdom of God has come, but its full manifestation will come with the second coming of Yeshua.

Cataclysm and Intervention

The Last of the Last Days now refers to the events that will take place shortly before the Second coming of Yeshua. This time will include a very difficult trial for God’s people, as they are resisted by the powers of darkness. In Jewish thought this time is called the birth pangs of the Messiah (Sanhedrin 98). Classical Jewish eschatology pretty much tracks with the Church on this issue of a great trial at the end of this age. I call this view Cataclysm and Intervention.
However, at the end, God’s people will be delivered and we will enter into the Age to Come. This broad consensus is even reflected in the Roman Catholic Catechism that states,

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. 675

The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil…677

What About Israel?

Our teaching is very much in accord with this consensus, but we believe it is missing the end times piece connected to Israel and the Jewish people. Concerning Israel, the Hebrew Scriptures constantly give reference to a final battle (Joel 3, Isaiah 25-27, Ezekiel 38, 39, and so many more) connected to the Jewish people in Israel. Let us just reference one.

Zechariah 12, 14 – Here we read of the invasion of the nations and the battle for Jerusalem. This leads to an amazing time of repentance after the battle, and Israel looks upon Him whom they have pierced (12:10) which classically is looked at as Israel turning to Yeshua. At the end of this great battle the nations all turn to God and worship God annually in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Thankfully, we are seeing Israel and the Jewish people becoming a general consensus in the church’s end time theology in our day — just as they were a central focus for the Hebrew prophets as they spoke of the events of the end times.

Print Friendly
By | 2016-12-04T16:27:49+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. skywatcher57 November 24, 2016 at 23:55

    Ooops! Sorry! I guess I was the only one who picked up on this.

  2. skywatcher57 November 24, 2016 at 23:54

    It would be nice if one could see all the other comments that have been posted.

  3. skywatcher57 November 24, 2016 at 23:53

    It was a very good article until you introduced heresy. If you’re a blood-bought born again child of God, why would you even dare to include a quote from the Roman Catholic Catechism?! The Roman Catholic cult is NOT the Church of Jesus Christ on any level, or by any Biblical standard! It is antithetical to what Christ preached, and is doctrinally and in practice, the church of the antichrist.

    The true Church of Jesus Christ does NOT go through the Great Tribulation; I Thess. 5: 9. One proof of many (38), is that it is no longer present in the Book of Revelation past Ch. 4, and doesn’t come in again until at the end of the Book. Furthermore, my Jesus Christ is not a wife-beater, as this errant doctrine would suggest!

    What future bride is going to believe her fiancee truly loves her after he has beat the snot out of her! Would she want to spend a whole eternity with such a thug and rogue? Christ is coming back for “a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing” (bruises)! Eph. 5: 27 Please read the Book, and get it right! Make sure what you’re posting is doctrinally correct; you don’t want to be a “stumblingblock” to others, as to do so, comes with a great price!

    I’m very saddened to see that you do not know your Church History or Bible doctrine any better than that. No wonder the Church is seriously falling away in the last days!

    • David December 1, 2016 at 07:46

      Hello Skywatch
      You mentioned 1 Thess 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath (ORGE), but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
      Paul said we are not appointed to (Wrath)(ORGE),

      Paul did not say that we are not appointed to Tribulation(THLIPSIS).

      If you were to get out a Strongs Concordance and look at this Specific Greek word for Wrath which is Orge and then look in Revelations where Jesus uses that exact Greek word you would notice that the Orge word is used in the exact same places where it is referring to the Wrath of the Lamb when He tramples the winepress of the Wrath of God.
      Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
      Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
      Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
      Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
      Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
      Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
      Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
      Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

      It refers to the Day when the First Resurrection takes place and where the Armies are gathered around Jerusalem. It is True Jesus will deliver us before He tramples the Wine Press of the Wrath of God. Jesus tramples the winepress when he destroys the Beast and binds Satan.
      The second point of 1 Thess 5:9 is that all that are saved over the many thousands of years who died and are now resting in Jesus are not appointed to the Wrath of God at the White Throne Judgement, that is because they have obtained Salvation and will receive New Immortal Bodies in the First Resurrection. There is no fear of the second death for those in the First Resurrection.

      God had Israel as his Bride in the Old Testament and whenever she was unfaithful he would Chastise Israel until she repented and came back in Holiness. God has never changed. Israel was to be the image of her husband, her God. When she was walking in disobedience God would deal with her. The Church is no different, the Church has not always walked in Holiness, she has not always been the Image of Jesus, therefore Jesus deals with Her, He Chastises Her because He loves Her. She is to be spotless, not walking as a whore. Today the sins in the Church are just as much as in the world, the Church is supposed to be a Light and Salt, but if it has no flavour it is good for nothing but to be trampled on.

      Jesus says this in Revelations
      Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
      Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
      Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
      Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
      Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
      Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
      Sounds like the Church in some areas today.
      Jesus wants to vomit them out of his mouth, he rebukes and chastens because he loves us.

      Jesus uses the Tribulation word (THLIPSIS) word in Revelations as follows
      Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation (THLIPSIS), and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
      Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation (THLIPSIS) ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
      It sounds like the Church had to and still has to face Tribulation and also be faithful unto death.
      Many today are Slaughtered for their Faith, they are facing Tribulation every day, most of the early Church were slaughtered for their Faith in Jesus.

      When will the Bride be ready?

      Revelations 19 is when the Wife has finally made herself ready, it is also the only time when she is Granted or Given permission to be dressed in a beautiful Robe which is made from the Righteousness of the Saints. It is the Time when the Marriage Supper is about to take place. NO WHERE else in Scripture will you read such a Beautiful Statement. It is in Revelations 19 and 20 that the Wife is made ready, when Jesus descends, when the FIRST Resurrection takes place.

      May we all repent and turn to Jesus and cleanse ourselves so that one day the Wife will make herself ready and be granted permission to be clothed in the Righteousness of the Saints. Yes the Bride will one day be ready, Jesus will descend for a Spotless Bride that has walked in Holiness.

Leave A Comment